Welding Help Wanted: Welders are in Demand

A recent report on Fox News about welding jobs going unfilled in the Chicago area could have been reported from Colorado. We have lots of local companies looking to hire both experienced welders and new welders. Fabricators, pipe welders, and ironworkers are all in strong demand.

Welders need many skills.

Don’t be fooled. Welding is much more than just “burning wire.” It is physically demanding work, and a good welder will have extensive knowledge of structural design, metallurgy, and welding codes.

Our industry advisory committee members tell us they are looking for people with welding skills, certainly, but other skills are equally important. They look for people with a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and knowledge of basic workplace safety.

Welders earn good money.

Starting pay for new welders can range from $14 to $20 per hour. Experienced pipe welders can make around $30 an hour for shop work,  more if they travel.

Learn welding technology at FRCC.

At Front Range, you can earn an associate degree or a variety of certificates in welding technology. Many of our welding certificates can be completed in just one semester, putting you in the workforce quickly:

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certificate
  • Oxyacetylene Welding Certificate
  • Pipe Code Welding Certificate
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate
  • Welding Fundamentals Certificate

Our welding facility and welding instructors are certified by the American Welding Society, ensuring you are being taught the latest and greatest welding techniques and technologies. Learn more about welding technology training at Front Range Community College.

Are you in the welding industry? What’s been your experience? Are job openings plentiful? Is it difficult to find skilled workers?

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Jason Walsh teaches Welding Technology at Front Range Community College's Larimer Campus in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

3 Responses to “Welding Help Wanted: Welders are in Demand”

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February 27, 2012 at 11:01 am, The Welding World said:

There will always be a huge demand for welders, even if your a pipe welder, or any other type of welder.

When it comes to job openings we tend to see a small decline right now, but that has to do with everything else out in the world.

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December 12, 2012 at 9:34 am, Bryan said:

Yeah, the jobs are out there…except the forgot to mention that the majority of them want 2-10 years experience. Not that easy for a lot of people fresh out of a tech school.

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December 12, 2012 at 9:39 am, Bryan said:

Yes, the jobs are out there alright…except they forgot to mention that most employers raise the standard really high and ask for 2-10 years experience making it almost impossible for entry level to get a job.